windows xp

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13
Aug
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Is Microsoft Coercing XP Users into Upgrading to Win7?

Microsoft's Windows XP continues to be, by far, the most popular operating system (OS) in the world today. Recently, Microsoft released a security patch for all versions of Windows, but not Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), one of the most-used ... versions of Windows XP. So, is this a strategy to get users off XP and on to the new Windows 7? Computerworld blogger Preston Gralla thinks so. In a report published last month, tech analysts Net Applications showed that Windows XP remains far more popular than either the recently released Windows 7 or 2007's Windows Vista. Almost 62 per cent of the OS ... (view more)

Fri
06
Aug
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Record Number of Windows Fixes Due This Tuesday

Microsoft will break a previous record by addressing 34 security vulnerabilities with this coming week's Patch Tuesday. The Redmond-based firm will issue a total of 14 security bulletins, eight of which are marked critical. According to a statement ... from the company on Thursday, the fixes address flaws in a number of Microsoft products, including the Windows operating system (OS), Office, the Internet Explorer web browser, SQL and Silverlight. (Source: computerworld.com ) Most Security Bulletins Ever "This will be the most bulletins we have ever released in a month; we have released 13 ... (view more)

Wed
28
Jul
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Hackers Target WinXP; Experts Urge Win7 Now: Report

Windows XP continues to represent the single biggest target for hackers , according to security experts who also suggest these threats could initiate a considerable push for home and business users to upgrade to Windows 7. The recent discussion is ... based on Microsoft's early 2010 "Security Intelligence Report Volume 8," or SIRv8, which covered the six-month period July 2009 to December 2009. The report found that the United States continues to be the top spot for malware threats, with populous China running second, just in front of Brazil. WinXP Vulnerabilities Behind Push to Windows 7 An ... (view more)

Mon
26
Jul
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One in Six WinXP Users Plan Windows 7 Upgrade, Poll Says

According to a new poll by tech blog PC Advisor, just one in every six users of Windows XP plan an upgrade to Microsoft's newest operating system (OS), Windows 7. WinXP SP2 Cut-Off Causes Concern PC Advisor's poll was based on Microsoft's recent ... deadline to end active support for Windows XP Service Pack 2, or SP2. That leaves fans of Windows XP who want and need security updates and support for their systems the option of upgrading to Windows XP Service Pack 3 (which should continue to receive support until at least 2014 ) or a newer operating system, like Windows 7, released last October. ... (view more)

Thu
15
Jul
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WinXP Downgrade Rights Extended to 2020

The Windows XP operating system (OS) is still the first choice for 74 per cent of businesses, according to Microsoft. Because of that popularity, the Redmond-based firm has decided to extend Windows XP downgrade rights to 2020. (Source: techrepublic ... ) Microsoft announced that people running higher-end versions of Windows 7 will be able to 'downgrade' to Windows XP for up to 10 years. Based on past history, however, Microsoft typically terminates downgrade rights shortly after rolling out a new operating system. Downgrade Rights Available Throughout Win7's Lifecycle This is the second time ... (view more)

Fri
09
Jul
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Windows XP SP2 Support Ends July 13

Are you still using Windows XP with Service Pack 2? If so, you'll want to take note of Microsoft's warning that it will terminate support of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) on July 13th, 2010. According to a recent PC Advisor poll, 37 per cent of ... respondents are still using Windows XP. Of that number, 15 per cent of those users still have not yet upgraded to Windows XP Service Pack 3. (Source: pcadvisor.co.uk ) Windows XP users who have not yet upgraded to Service Pack 3 will need to do so before July 13th, 2010 in order to continue receiving Microsoft's latest security updates. Without the ... (view more)

Wed
07
Jul
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Microsoft Investigates 'Moderately Critical' Windows XP Bug

Microsoft is currently investigating the emergence of a new critical bug affecting users of Windows 2000 and Windows XP. The Redmond-based firm made the announcement via Twitter on Tuesday, and says the issue can be found in the dynamic link library ... (.DLL) file "mfc42.dll." Security firm Secunia posted a detailed report, which they say is based on a third party proof-of-concept exploit. It's suggested that the vulnerability can be exploited via PowerZip version 7.2 Build 4010, among other utilities that use the mfc42.dll file. (Source: pcmag.com ) Bug Affects Moderately Popular ... (view more)

Thu
17
Jun
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Microsoft Releases Temp Fix for XP Help Function Flaw

According to reports, a flaw in the Windows XP operating system, which was first reported last week by a Google researcher, has been exploited by hackers in an attempt to spread malware. The flaw was reported on Monday , and is related to a ... vulnerability in Windows XP's Help function. A Google researcher by the name of Tavis Ormandy discovered that the web link script used in XP's Help and Support Center could be manipulated in order to route users towards malicious online content. (Source: itproportal.com ) Google Researcher Publishes Hacking Guide To Microsoft's disappointment, Ormandy ... (view more)

Tue
15
Jun
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Microsoft Outraged over XP Flaw Disclosure

Microsoft recent criticized Google for publicly disclosing a remote code execution vulnerability affecting Windows XP and Server 2003. The problem was first reported to Microsoft on June 5th, but most of the world knew about it only four days later. ... This did not sit well with Microsoft, as the company believes that they were ousted before any meaningful repairs could be made to combat the issue. Worse yet, the company believes that revealing the situation to the public could have put users in danger. Windows XP, 2003 Consumers At Risk In an emotionally-charged rebuttal, Microsoft spokesperson ... (view more)

Fri
11
Jun
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Windows XP Netbook Days Are Numbered, Nearing End

One of the major concerns about the launch of Windows 7 was that the new operating system would be too bulky for a very popular kind of PC: the netbook. The alternative was the decade-old Windows XP, but that option won't be around come the end of ... October, 2010. In a recent statement, Microsoft officials noted the deadline date for OEMs to cut off the loading of Windows XP on new netbooks: October 22, 2010, one year to the day since the launch of Windows 7. "OEMs will no longer be able to pre-install Windows XP Home on new netbook PCs," Microsoft said. (Source: appscout.com ) Performance, ... (view more)

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